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Joint Kansai JALT (Kobe, Kyoto, Nara, & Osaka Chapters) Year-End Event with PechaKucha Night

Saturday, 17 December 2011 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

12 PechaKucha Presentations
Once again, the Kansai area JALT chapters (Kobe, Kyoto, Nara and Osaka) will join together for a year-end event of PechaKucha presentations. This year, we will be combined with the PechaKucha Night Nishinomiya #11 at the Konan University’s Hirao School of Management (CUBE) in Nishinomiya.
The theme is “Teaching & Learning as a Social Process”. Doors open at 6:00pm and the first presentation starts at 6:40pm. There will be a 1000 yen fee at the door with one drink.
Please note that the event itself IS the JALT bonenkai party; There is a bar and some bar food available there, and after 9pm people are free to do whatever after-party they want.
Location:  CUBE, Hirao School of Management, KONAN University (Link to location)
  • Fee for JALT members: 1000 yen
  • Fee for one-day members: 1,000 yen

The presentations:

Warren Decker - Four-day Hike to Hongu, Wakayama

Mizuka Tsukamoto - Travels in Bhutan

James Crocker - JALT Literary Review SIG Proposal

Joanna Baranowska - Internship at Kyoto Machiya Tondaya

Harlan Kellem - Men's Street Fashion vs. Timeless Fashion

Ellen Head - Amnesty International's Write for Rights

Steve Cornwell - Teaching Christmas

Doug Meyer - Job Survey Results

Laura Markslag - Online Exchange with Students in Dubai

Stuart McLean - JALT Research Grant Project

Deryn Verity - Life in Pictures

Sean Gay - Identity and Bilingualism


An evening with Marlen Harrison - Language & Sexuality / Supporting Agency & Investment in Multilingual Writers

Saturday, Nov. 26, 6:00 - 8:30 pm

Part 1 - The Post-Japan, Doctoral Experience in TESOL: Pursuing Language and Sexuality Research
For many language instructors in Japan, further education may be key to job security and a wider range of options or may fill a need for personal growth and development. Marlen Harrison, an instructor/researcher in Japan from 2002-2006 will report on his experience leaving Japan to pursue a PhD in TESOL at a North American university. Marlen will describe the academic environment he encountered in doctoral studies (admissions requirements, funding opportunities, curricular options and research expectations) and discuss his final dissertation titled "Discovering Voices,” an examination of language, sexuality, and identity in 21st century Japan. When considering a dissertation topic, he recalled a conversation in which a friend discussed being gay in one language and not in another and wanted to further explore why this might be. By weaving together his own narratives about Japan and sexuality with the autoethnographic narratives of English-speaking, queer Japanese individuals, Marlen showcases the intersection between linguistic repertoire and those critical moments when we conceptualize, reveal, and perform our sexualities. Read more here:

Part 2 - Bridging Passion & Profession: Supporting Agency and Investment in Multilingual University Writers
After a short break, Marlen will continue by discussing how his academic experiences shaped him as a researcher and present a qualitative project he recently completed with current students in central Finland.

Throughout the last two decades, scholarship discussing learner development has expanded from viewing the learner as one who possesses intrinsic or extrinsic motivation to a performer who to varying degrees invests as an agent in the learning process – one who interacts, gives and gains. With this expansion in mind, the authors sought to look back at the trajectory of their experiences in a second language communication and composition course in order to more deeply understand the roles of agency and investment in their own and fellow classmates’ learning. As such, this research examines the role of project-based learning activities that attempt to bridge the learners’ personal and professional interests. Seven student-researchers reported via written narrative how such a bridging approach in the multilingual writing environment supported learner investment and agency. Student responses speak to the need for a stronger sense of connection with both their disciplinary studies and instructors, and highlight the ways in which investment and agency are associated with ideas about learner identity, autonomy and language acquisition. Read more here:

Marlen Elliot Harrison has been teaching language, communication, composition, literature and gender/sexuality studies at universities in Asia, Europe and North America since 1997. Having published numerous articles and chapters on topics ranging from second language teaching to writing classroom pedagogies, he specializes in writing across the curriculum and multilingual learner writing pedagogies. Currently teaching for the Language Centre at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, he previously taught in both Japan and the English department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), USA where he also completed his PhD in Composition and TESOL. With a background in mental health counseling and an MA in Education and Human Development/Counseling from The George Washington University, he is an inter-disciplinary instructor-researcher who works at the crossroads of humanities and social sciences to explore how both spoken and written language are shaped by cultures and identities. Learn more at

Dinner and drinks will follow the presentations at a nearby restaurant.

Namba Shimin Gakushu Center (Osaka City Municipal Lifelong Learning Center - Namba Branch), (O-CAT 4F, 06 6643-7010)
Fee for JALT members: Free
Fee for one-day members: 1,000 yen

Osaka JALT Annual General Meeting and Dinner Party

DATE: Sunday, 13 November 2011
TIME: 4:00pm - 8:00pm
LOCATION: the Blarney Stone Shinsaibashi

We'll have a chapter business meeting to discuss officer positions for the coming year, give officer reports, and make plans. We'll also discuss whether to ratify our new chapter constitution, what presentations from the 2010 calendar year we may like to give awards to (feel free to nominate your favorite from those listed here by emailing us at, how we might further support Tohoku relief efforts, and any other items of business. We'll then move to Salvatore Cuomo Italian Restaurant for dinner from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, which will probably cost ¥2-3000 or so depending on what you order. RSVP to if you plan to attend the dinner whether or not you plan to attend the business meeting at the Blarney Stone so we can reserve enough seats. All are welcome for either or both portions of the evening but please do let us know if you plan to attend so we'll be sure to reserve enough seats.

from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the Blarney Stone Shinsaibashi


Dinner with Keith Johnson and Milagros Laurel in Umeda

DATE: Wednesday, Nov 16
TIME: 6:30 - 9:00 pm
LOCATION: Oven Oven Italian restaurant in Umeda

We are fortunate to be able to host two of this year's invited speakers at JALT 2011 for dinner at the wonderful and very cozy Oven Oven Italian Restaurant in Umeda. RSVP to .

Keith Johnson - Emeritus Professor of Linguistics and Language Education, Lancaster University, UK – is an invited speaker at this year’s JALT conference, sponsored by the TED and CUE SIGs. Starting his career as a teacher of English and linguistics in Croatia, Malta and Italy, Keith moved to the Centre for Applied Language Studies at the University of Reading in 1974 and joined Lancaster University’s Linguistics Department in 1994. His years of teaching on MA programs produced An Introduction to Foreign Language Learning and Teaching (2008). At Lancaster he founded the research group LATEX (LAnguage Teaching EXpertise); see Expertise in Second Language Learning and Teaching (2005). Other influential publications include the 1979 title The Communicative Approach to Language Teaching (co-editor C.J. Brumfit), 1981’s Communication in the Classroom (co-editor K. Morrow), Communicative Syllabus Design and Methodology in 1982, and 2003’s Designing Language Teaching Tasks. Currently, he is pursuing an interest in the language of Shakespeare, as well as developing his interest in expertise.

Dr. Ma. Milagros C. Laurel is a Professor at the Department of English and Comparative Literature, University of the Philippines in Diliman. She is a recipient of national and international awards for excellence in teaching and research, among them the TESOL Thomson Heinle Award for Excellence inTeaching, the UP Outstanding Teacher Award and the UP International Publication Award. She has delivered several papers on applied linguistics at international conferences, and is JALT 2011's Balsamo Asian Scholar.

Oven Oven is a cozy little place in a classic, early twentieth century building in the heart of Umeda's modern skyscrapers, located just around the corner from the Outback Grill by exit 10 of Nishi-Umeda station, and very close to JR Osaka station as well. Here's their link with a map:  Individual dishes are 500 to 1000 yen, dinner courses are 1370 to 3150 yen, and drinks cost 300 to 600 yen. If you have any trouble finding the place, please give us a call at 080-3789-6394. 


Peace as a Global Language 2011 Conference

PGL 2011, Peace without Boundaries, appeals to all those wishing to come together and work towards peace. The Conference offers an exciting line-up of presentations, workshops and posters focusing on peace activism and education.

For more information please visit the PGL website HERE.